Rainbow trout fishing on the La Vis River in southern France (July 18, 2013)


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View of La Vis River upstream of Ganges in southern France

View of La Vis River upstream of Ganges in southern France

I’m spending a family vacation in the region of Ganges (a town located about 44 miles west of the city of Nîmes) in southern France in mid-July of 2013. I start a conversation with the hotelier with whom we’re staying, and of course inevitably end up talking about fishing… He mentions that the river La Vis, which flows into the river Hérault just upstream of Ganges is recognized as the premier trout fishing river in the whole of France (well, he claimed the whole of Europe but I took that with a large grain of salt)! Regardless, information like that fully captures my attention and I decide to give La Vis a shot.

 

 

 

 

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on Crystal Pond in Turner, Maine (July 6, 2013)

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Access point to Crystal Pond

Access point to Crystal Pond

Crystal Pond (also known as Beal Pond) is a 47-acre body of water located in Turner, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 11 C4). Drive north on Route 4 for about 2.5 miles past Turner. The pond, and its launch, will appear on the right, about 150 ft past Crystal Lane. Beware that the launch does not have a boat ramp. Hence, only small, hand-carried craft can be used. The fishing rules also stipulate that motorboats over 10 horsepower are prohibited. Otherwise, general fishing law applies.

 

 

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on Island Pond, Leeds, Maine (July 6, 2013)

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The entrance point to Island Pond on Route 106

The entrance point to Island Pond on Route 106

Island Pond is an 18-acre body of water located in Leeds, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 D1). To access this pond, drive north on Route 106 and cross the Plains Road/Blue Rock Road intersection. Continue for about 0.3 miles until you see a dirt road on the left barricaded with large cement blocks. A car can be parked on the shoulder of Route 106 next to the entrance. The pond is a 3 minute walk from this point. Go down the dirt road for about 300 ft. Continue straight (past a second set of cement blocks) on the trail when the dirt road turns to the right. Ignore the body of water on your right. Your target pond is 2 minutes down this path. The difficult access precludes all boats except for hand-carried craft, such as a canoe or kayak.

 

 

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Pike fishing on Little Sabattus Pond, Greene, Maine (July 6, 2013)

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Entrance to Little Sabattus Pond

Entrance to Little Sabattus Pond

Little Sabattus Pond (also known as Hooper Pond) is a 25-acre body of water located in Greene, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 12 D1). The pond is part of the Hooper Pond Conservation Area, which is considered of state-wide importance due to the high quality of the surrounding natural habitat. This habitat, which consists of extensive wetlands and forested uplands, supports various species of wading birds, waterfowl, song birds, and amphibians.

 

 

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on Beaver Pond, Westbrook, Maine (July 5, 2013)

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Access point to Beaver Pond

Access point to Beaver Pond

Beaver Pond is a 4-acre water body located in the heart of Westbrook (see the “Westbrook” map in The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 74 C1). The public access to this pond is located at the end of Church Street. Beware that it is weedy and unimproved. Only hand-carried craft, such as canoes or kayaks, can be launched from this point. Parking is on the street.

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on Mill Pond, Windham, Maine (June 30, 2013)

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The dam separating Little Sebago Lake from Mill Pond

The dam separating Little Sebago Lake from Mill Pond

Mill Pond is a 10-acre impoundment formed by the outlet of Little Sebago Lake in Windham, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 C2). The downstream end of this small pond is dammed. The ouflow pouring over this dam forms Ditch Brook which flows underneath Route 115. The water in the pond is crystal clear. The substrate consists mostly of boulders and cobbles. The maximum depth is about 35 ft. Around a dozen houses dot the shoreline. Access to Mill Pond is problematic because it does not have a boat launch or public access. I get on to it via a friend’s backyard which abuts the pond. Also, keep in mind that some of the rainbow trout which are stocked annually in Little Sebago Lake wash over the outlet structure and get stuck in the pond. Those fish have grown fat and are worth targeting through the ice or in the spring and fall.

 

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on Wat-Tuh Lake in Phippsburg, Maine (June 29, 2013)

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General view of Wat-Tuh Lake

General view of Wat-Tuh Lake

Wat-Tuh Lake is a 26-acre body of water located right next to the ocean in Phippsburg, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 6 D4). This pond can be reached by driving down Sebasco Road and right through the Sebasco Harbor Resort (including its golf course) located at the southwestern end of the pond. Once in the resort, turn right on Pine Drive which goes over a berm separating the pond from the adjoining sea. The rough access point to the pond is located on the right at the end of this berm. Beware that it can only accommodate small hand-carried craft such as a canoe or kayak. Parking is along the weedy side of the berm. GoogleMaps shows that Pine Drive can also be reached from the north but I did not try out that route. A second rough access point is also present at the northern tip of the pond next to Sebasco Road.

 

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Largemouth bass fishing on Sewell Pond in Arrowsic, Maine (June 29, 2013)

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Acces point to Sewell Lake off Route 127

Acces point to Sewell Pond off Route 127

Sewell Pond is a 43-acre body of water located next to Route 127 in the town of Arrowsic, Maine (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 6 C5). The entire shoreline is wooded. Only three houses are visible from the pond, which gives it a nice “remote” feel. General fishing laws apply on this body of water, except that motorboats with internal combustion engines are prohibited. Click here for the latest information on this topic. The pond is also relatively shallow for its size, with a maximum depth of 11 ft and a mean depth of 9 ft. Click here for a depth map and additional fisheries information.

 

 

 

 

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Smallmouth bass fishing on the Androscoggin River in Lisbon, Maine (June 23, 2013)


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General view of the rapids on the Androscoggin River about 0.5 miles upstream of the Sabattus River boat launch

General view of the rapids on the Androscoggin River about 0.5 miles upstream of the Sabattus River boat launch

I’m fishing a set of rapids on the Androscoggin River with my ten-year old nephew Christian this afternoon. These rapids are found about 0.5 miles upstream of the boat launch located on the Sabattus River where it  flows into the Androscoggin River off Route 196 (and just upstream of the old railroad bridge) in Lisbon.  We arrive at 4 pm and quickly launch my boat. The water level is quite low and the boat launch isn’t very steep. I’ve got to go way into the water before my small boat floats off the trailer. This could be an issue for more substantial craft.

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Largemouth bass fishing on Chaffin Pond, Windham, Maine (June 23, 2013)

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General view of Chaffin Pond

General view of Chaffin Pond

Chaffin Pond is a pretty 13-acre body of water located in the heart of the business district of North Windham off busy Route 302 (see The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 5 C2). Going north on Route 302, turn right on Chaffin Pond Road, right before the Sherman Williams paint store. The pond is part of the Windham Parks and Recreation’s  123-acre Donnabeth Lippman Park. Click here for a map of the park and its pond. A depth map is not available

 

 

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